Bioaccumulative Contaminants in Fish, Risk Assessment and Fish Consumption Advisories
Stober, Quentin J.
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Some issues surrounding management of chemical contaminants which bioaccumulate in fish are reviewed. Contaminants in aquatic life are of increasing concern for fishery management, environmental and public health agencies as well as for recreational and subsistence anglers. The complexities in the development of human health fish consumption advisories result from lack of standard sampling and analytical methods, numerous risk assessment models, changing risk management policies, ineffective risk communication and opposing resource management goals. A 1989 survey of the states found that Georgia is one of ten states which does not base fish consumption advisories on a risk assessment approach. The current status of fish advisory development among federal, state and local agencies is further complicated by a fragmented regulatory authority.